(From Left): Mr. Ratnakar Hegde, Chairman of JC Graphics, with his sons Karunakar Thyagaraj and Dinakar Thyagaraj.
From printing Cinema posters, J C Graphics has come a long way. The Vijayawada-based print house recently enhanced its portfolio with a brand new, six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 with UV Coater. This is the first-of-its-kind installation in Andhra Pradesh.
Founded in 1977 by Chairman Mr. Ratnakar Hegde, J C Graphics kick-started its business by printing Cinema posters, later expanding into the packaging segment. The recent acquisition of Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 adds to the state-of-the-art prepress, press and postpress equipments housed by the three-decade old print shop.
“The Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 installation is a dream come true for us”, says Karunakar, Managing director and current-generation entrepreneur of J C Graphics. His brother Dinakar, who is the Director of the firm, nods in agreement, “The Speedmaster CD 102 is a blessing in terms of productivity, speed, and efficiency. The after-sales experience with Heidelberg is outstanding”.
Dinakar adds, “When, we decided to go for brand new equipment, Heidelberg was our first and natural choice. The Speedmaster CD 102 is a perfect fit to our requirements. Our first impression of the press at an open house in India was remarkable. Later, a visit to the Heidelberg factory in Germany further reaffirmed our expectations.”
Referred to as the ‘all-rounder’, Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 is the best seller in the 70 × 100 format press series. The press is an excellent Return on Investment (ROI) in a very short time, because of its stable print quality throughout the run, ease of use, efficiency and outstanding productivity.
Commenting on the recent installation, Saseendran Baskaran, Product Manager – Press Solutions, Heidelberg India, says, “The Speedmaster CD 102 is an apt choice for packaging printers in India, as it can process an array of substrates from 0.03 millimeter paper to 1 mm thick cardboard. The AutoPlate feature paves way for fast plate changes and short make-ready times, while an ‘Air Transfer System’ facilitates contact-free sheet travel. A high capacity inking unit ensures stable inking throughout the run”.
JC Graphics being a hardcore packaging printer, most of its print jobs requires coating. The unique UV coating unit of the Speedmaster CD 102 is fitted with a chambered blade system to meet the most exacting print-quality and coating requirements, rendering it ideal for the printing needs of the firm. The Speedmaster CD 102 is also highly energy-efficient, slicing energy consumption costs significantly.
Looking ahead, J C Graphics plans to phase out some old machines in its printing, die-cutting, Lamination and Gluing departments, with New-Gen replacements.
The Speedmaster CD 102 experience has transformed Karunakar and Dinakar into Heidelberg enthusiasts. “A great press at great value”,
quips Karunakar. “Thanks to the Speedmaster CD 102, our business is booming with increased volumes. A recent print job on MetPet film cartons using the CD 102 was highly appreciated by our clients”, he notes.
JC Graphics is also initiating an effort to obtain the ISO 12647-2 certification, and is now closely working with the Heidelberg team to achieve the ISO standards. Post-approval, JC Graphics will become the first print shop in Andhra Pradesh to be awarded the ISO standardization.
Dinakar is more than impressed with the after-sales support from Heidelberg India. “Heidelberg has been very supportive in training our operators. We look forward to a long-term, productive relationship with Heidelberg”.
Rajendra Prasad Marketing Manager Heidelberg India Pvt Ltd.
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